» 11/30/2009, 00.00
ISLAM – SWITZERLAND
Swiss ban on minarets condemned in the Muslim world, but many voices call for moderation
Vote result is seen as an expression of Islamophobia. The grand mufti of Egypt calls it an “insult” to Muslims around the world. More voices warn against violent reactions, noting that the Swiss government as well as Christian and Jewish groups are opposed to the ban.
03/12/2009 TURKEY – ISLAM
Switzerland may have acted badly, but is the Church truly free in Turkey, Turkish journalist asks
Turkish leaders react to Swiss referendum that bans minarets. Muslims are asked to withdraw their money from Switzerland. But some wonder whether the Turkish government should look into its own “nasty little secrets” to see the denied permits to build or restore churches and the promises made but never kept with regards to Saint Paul’s Church in Tarsus and the Orthodox theological school in Halki.
27/11/2009 ISLAM - EUROPE
Fr. Samir: In Switzerland, yes minarets, no to the muezzin
The referendum on whether to ban the construction of minarets in Switzerland is an opportunity to rethink the use of these architectural elements. Their use to call people to prayer; or the race to make them ever higher, competing with churches, is excluded. Europe must learn to live with Islam, but Islam also has to rethink its life in Europe as a minority.
21/04/2009 TIBET – UNITED NATIONS
Durban II: pro-Tibet groups discriminated
China objects to the participation of pro-Tibet human rights groups. The Conference’s accreditation committee postpones a decision, de facto excluding them. Tibetan leader in exile slams Chinese racism and China’s anti-Tibetan cultural genocide.
17/01/2017 17:14:00 SWITZERLAND – CHINA
Xi Jinping’ s first time in Davos
In the opening address of the World Economic Forum, China’s president defended globalisation and the free market despite China’s own "protectionism" and yuan "manipulation". Police detain at least 32 people demonstrating for a Free Tibet.
04/12/2009 ISLAM - EUROPE
Fr. Samir: The refusal of the minarets, an opportunity to rethink Islam and Europe
Opinion polls in Europe show that the Swiss referendum would have also won in France, Holland, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria. The no to the minaret is a no to the increasing (and never satisfied) Islamist demands. The European population thinks differently and wants its leaders to reaffirm its identity. The no to the minarets is an invitation to true dialogue.
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